Family, friends mourn former JSO officer killed in crash

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. -- Dozens of friends and family gathered in Keystone Heights Saturday for the funeral and burial of Pickering, a recently retired 30-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Mike's wife Diane and his three children Kerri, Aleece and Robbie said their goodbyes at Keystone Heights Cemetery. Aleece, Mike's 10-year-old daughter, was a passenger in the car with her father when when he was hit and killed Tuesday by an SUV on State Road 26 in Alachua County.

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Guests honored the 52-year-old Clay County man at Saint Williams Catholic Church before moving to the cemetery for his burial. Members of JSO and the Clay County Sheriff's Office stood in uniform in the sun as bagpipes played during the service.

Pickering suffered a heart attack on a robbery chase in 2012. After the attack, he worked with Doctors at UF Shands, to teach proper CPR.

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Officers removed the American flag from Pickering's casket, folded it, and handed to Diane before lowering him into the earth.

Mike's best man at his wedding Clarence Evans spoke to First Coast News after the burial.

"Mike always had a smile on his face and always had a way of bringing out the best in people. They did him well today," Evans said.


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